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This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, January 22, 2018

#IMWAYR January 22, 2018


Each week I joined Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. This week I didn't have much time to read. Probably because this little girl is knocking me out early: 




Here's what I read this week:


Young Adult


I read this series when it was first released, but since it was assigned to my daughter for a book group, I decided to read it again. Looking at it through her lens has been very different.  The book explores so many questions about what it truly means to be ugly or pretty. The message of being true to yourself and doing what is right, even if it is not what the crowd will do is so important for a seventh grader to discuss. I will be interested in hearing what her group thinks, especially since she is the only girl in the group of four.

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

#IMWAYR January 15, 2018


It has been over a month since the last time I joined Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. December was busy because I helped to determine the finalists for the middle grade category in the Cybils competition. Congratulations to Amina's Voice, Armstrong and Charlie, Caleb and Kit, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Refugee, Restart, and The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora for making it through to the next round of judging. I will be looking forward to seeing which of these wonderful books is announced as the winner on February 14. Make sure to check out the finalists in all the other categories here

The other big thing that happened is that we added a new member to our family. Meet Mookie, our 3 years old schnoodle. We rescued her from a pound over December vacation. 

 

Here's what I read this month:

Middle Grade


Middle graders will love this new book from Elly Swartz, which releases next month. Frankie lives with her dad and her grandmother in a bed & breakfast. Her job is to make sure their guests have fresh cookies to eat at night. When people stop coming to the bed & breakfast because of rumors of ghosts, Frankie and her friend Elliott set out to investigate. As they learn more about the ghosts and the history of the bed & breakfast, Frankie is also working on a school project with her old best friend turned enemy, and did I mention that she is trying to find herself a new mom? This book is full of heart, family relationships, friendship, and cookies.


This book was added to my TBR list because it has been very popular with my students. Once I started it, I completely understood why. A historical fiction novel in verse, Inside Out & Back Again tells the story of Ha, a young girl living in Vietnam with her mother and brothers right before the fall of Saigon. Her family is able to flee on a ship to America and is sponsored by a farmer in Alabama. But life in Alabama is full new challenges and many people in Ha's new town are not ready to welcome a family from Vietnam. Based on the author's experience, Inside Out and Back Again is definitely a must read.


I was so excited to finally read the second book in the Greenglass House series. Milo and Meddy are once again faced with unexpected guests and a mystery to solve. I look forward to future adventures.

Young Adult


It is ironic that the word scythe is a current third grade word master word, because after reading this book, it has taken on a whole new meaning in my mind. In the future scientists have eliminated the possibility of dying. When people reach a certain age of their choosing, they can simply rewind and put their physical state back to any age. In order to keep the population numbers from going out of control, the government has created the Scythe. Only a Scythe can bring on permanent death and because of that, only the Scythe is above the law. Citra and Rowan are chosen as Scythe apprentices. As they learn their future role, they also learn the pluses and minuses to a small group of people having power over who should live and who should die. An excellent, and thought provoking dystopian novel.


If you enjoyed Book One Of The Nevernight Chronicles, you will love continuing Mia’s quest for revenge in Book Two. Now a sworn blade, Mia starts her life as a hired assassin but quickly learns that things are not what they seem. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends in this high fantasy mixed with Hunger Games stakes. I can’t wait for Book Three!


Moria and Ashlyn are the Keeper and Seeker of a town that borders the Forest of the Dead. It is Moria's job to enter the forest once a year to put to rest the spirit of those who were exiled the year before. But this year everything goes wrong and the "dead" are waiting.


Safiya is a Truthwitch. She has spent most of her life hiding from those who would use her power. But unbeknown to her, others have had a plan for her for a long time. 


This prequel to The Golden Compass will give fans of the series some backstory to how Lyra ended up living in a university at the start of the series. The main character, Malcolm, is a wonderful character. I will have to reread the series to see if he appears anywhere in those books. 

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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Monday, December 11, 2017

#IMWAYR December 11, 2017


Each week I join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. This week I was still reading middle grade Cybil nominees. I also had a chance to read a YA novel by one of my favorite authors.


Here's what I read this week:

Middle Grade


Kat Greene may seem like the average fifth grader, but at home she is facing a big problem. Her mother has become so afraid of germs her hands are raw and she can't leave the house without gloves. Kat knows she should tell her dad or another adult, but what if they take her away from her mom? A much needed story about seeking help and finding a way to say what needs to be said.


Since my students have become obsessed with the Spy School series, I am always looking for great new stories about kids that solve crimes. The Van Gogh Deception is a fun and exciting mystery that is a cross between Jason Bourne and Home Alone. When a boy is found alone in Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art with no idea of who he is and how he got there, the authorities place him in foster care as they look for clues. But the authorities aren't the only ones trying to find the boy. As "Art" attempts to rediscover his past  he and his new friend Camille find themselves outsmarting adults as they look for clues.

Young Adult


From the time he was a young boy, Lazlo Strange has been obsessed with the mysterious city of Weep, whose real name disappeared from people's minds like magic. Now, as a young man and junior librarian, he finally has the resources to learn all he can, so that when the inhabitants of Weep come looking for help, Lazlo is able to convince their leader to allow him to come too. Little does Lazlo know that in Weep he will find answers to questions he didn't know he needed to ask. A great new high fantasy for lovers of the genre. 

Did you miss my interview with Magaret Peterson Haddix? Follow the link to leave a comment and be entered with a chance to win a copy of the second book in her Children of Refuge series.
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Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 

It's Monday, what are you reading?